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How are we changing humanitarian action?

Time (GMT +01) 14:30 16:00
Hero image description: ALNAP Annual Meeting participants looking at timeline of change in humanitarian action Image credit:ALNAP Image license:Creative Commons


John Mitchell @alnap - Director, Active Learning Network for Accountability and Performance in Humanitarian Action (ALNAP)


András Derzsi-Horváth - Project Manager, Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi)

Sir Brendan Gormley - Chair, Communicating with Disaster Affected Communities (CDAC) Network and Accountable Now

Paul Knox Clarke - Author of 'Transforming change'

Melissa Pitotti - Head of Policy, International Council of Voluntary Agencies (ICVA)



As humanitarians we spend a lot of time debating what needs to change in our sector and why. But do we look enough at how that change happens?

Humanitarians, willingly or not, usually find themselves surrounded by change in some shape or form. It can come as an unexpected shift that escapes any plans or structure, or it can happen as a planned programme such as Humanitarian Reform, The Transformative Agenda (TA), and now the Grand Bargain.

Yet despite the ubiquity of change, and the time, money and energy that is spent on change initiatives, very little attention has been paid to the processes that make change happen in the humanitarian system.

At a time when there are many calls to transform the fundamentals of humanitarian action, join Active Learning Network for Accountability and Performance in Humanitarian Action (ALNAP) for a discussion around how change can be effectively achieved, focusing on one of the most significant change initiatives underway, the Grand Bargain. The conversation builds upon 'Transforming change', a new ALNAP study that captures the ideas and insights around change processes from the panels, presentations and discussions at the 31st ALNAP Annual Meeting in Stockholm this past February.

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